To protect, serve and answer ‘War Eagle’ with ‘Go Dawgs’

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CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — The new police chief of a Georgia city had to do more than promise to protect and serve. He also had to swear off all allegiance to his alma mater and take a new side in a famous football rivalry.

News outlets report that before Cumming Police Chief David Marsh was sworn in for real last month, Mayor Troy Brumbalow administered a jocular mock oath to the 2003 Auburn graduate.

The phony oath referenced the storied rivalry between Georgia and Auburn.

It called on Marsh to answer “all cries of ‘War Eagle’ with ‘Go Dawgs, “‘ and to ban “any and all Auburn paraphernalia from police department property.”

Before becoming police chief, Marsh had been with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office since 2004.

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